Tautomycetin inhibits growth of colorectal cancer cells through p21cip/WAF1 induction via the extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathway

Joon Hee Lee, Jung Soo Lee, Sung Eun Kim, Byoung San Moon, Yong Chul Kim, Seung Kyou Lee, Sang Kyou Lee, Kang Yell Choi

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Tautomycetin is an antifungal antibiotic retaining potent immunosuppressive function. We have identified the roles of tautomycetin on cellular proliferation and transformation of colorectal cancer cells. The proliferation and anchorage-independent growth of HCT-15, HT-29, and DLD-1 colorectal cancer cells were efficiently inhibited without induction of apoptosis by 150 nmol tautomycetin. These growth inhibitory effects were dependent on p21Cip/WAF induction via the extracellular signal - regulated kinase pathway, and the tautomycetin effects were abolished in HCT-116 colon cells and eight other types of cells that did not induce P21Cip/WAF by 150 nmol tautomycetin. The crucial role of p21Cip/WAF1 in the extracellular signal - regulated kinase pathway-dependent antiproliferative responses by tautomycetin was confirmed by using p21Cip/WAF1 gene-deleted HCT-116 cells. The growth inhibitory effect of tautomycetin was acquired by regulation of Raf-1 activity through inhibition of protein phosphatase type 1 and protein phosphatase type 2A with high preference toward protein phosphatase type 1. Tautomycetin could be a potential drug for colorectal cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3222-3231
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Cancer Therapeutics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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